Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Body & Soul by Stacey Kade

Title: Body & Soul
Author: Stacey Kade
Publisher: Hyperion
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
Source: Bought
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The Ghost
I’ve been trapped in the body of Lily “Ally” Turner for a month now. Talk about a fashion crisis on an epic scale. What worries me more, though, is sometimes I catch Will looking at me like he thinks I’m Lily...or that he wishes I were. Without the good looks of my former self, I don’t know who I am, or if who that is is good enough. I need out of this mess. Now.

Will and I have been looking for a solution, one that would separate me from Lily without killing her. But it’s not going well. Then, when it seems like things couldn’t get any worse, we run into Misty, my former best friend and boyfriend-stealer extraordinaire, who claims she’s being haunted...by me. Seriously?

I’m determined to get to the bottom of who’s pretending to be the spirit of Alona Dare (while I’m pretending to be someone else) and then get the heck out of this body. Or die trying...

The Goth
I’ll admit it. It’s really weird to look at Alona but see Lily. I do know the difference, though, contrary to what Alona might be saying. And Alona is more than a pretty face to me, not that she would believe that.

Our one lead for some help in this messed up situation might be a page torn from the yellow pages-—the “Psychics” section-—I found in my dad’s stuff. One of the “fakes” seems a bit more real-—and odd-—than the others. Before I can investigate further, though, Alona is off and chasing a ghost that’s probably nothing more than a figment of Misty’s guilty imagination. Now Lily’s family is freaking out because she didn’t come home, my mom is ordering me to stay out of it, and something is definitely wrong with the person formerly known as Lily “Ally” Turner...

Review: Body and Soul is the conclusion to The Ghost and the Goth series, a series that I have loved for a little less then 2 years. The main thing that I love about this series is the characters.

Alona Dare is, of course, the ghost. I'm not sure if I like Will, the goth, or Alona better. They both have amazing qualities and imperfections. I think it's the imperfections that make them all the more lovable. Alona has problems with trust while Will has problems with taking control and standing up for himself. I think that's what makes me love them but their banter and just overall funniness is what really seals the deal. 

Alona and Will also have a kinda, sorta romance. They are constantly going back and forth and fighting with each other but they still care so much about each other. I smile almost every time Alona and Will are together and that's a lot!

The story line of this one wasn't as exciting as the previous two books but that's not to say that I didn't like it. It was still fun and ghostly. It just lacked that bang that I expected. I'm mostly willing to ignore that aspect just because this is such a fast read that it almost doesn't matter. This was also a great conclusion to the series. I still have one more burning question but it was mostly answered-I'm just too curious! The ending wasn't terribly happily ever after but it was still cute and more then hopeful.

If you're looking for a very fun series then I'd recommend picking this one up. I enjoyed every moment that I spent reading these books and I'm so sad to see it go. I can't wait to see what Kade comes up with next! 

Rating: 4.5 stars


Mary @ BookSwarm said...

I read the first two but haven't yet picked this one up. Good to hear it kept the same tone--I hate when a series starts out one way then changes the way it feels by the end. Cute storyline!

Netherland said...

BODY AND SOUL, by Stacey Kade, is the final book in The Ghost and the Goth series. I have enjoyed this series so much, I was happy and sad to read its conclusion.

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